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November 11, 2022

United States
Was It Worth It?

Dan asks a question that everyone who has ever signed up for military service has likely asked: was it worth it? His answer is worth reading. 

Sens. Dole and Inouye

September 26, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Waiting for Thermidor: America’s Foreign Policy Towards Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran may be on an accelerated schedule for revolutionary decay, at least if compared to the USSR.

A member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps waves the Iranian flag

September 9, 2022

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guantanamo Bay: Twenty Years of Counterterrorism and Controversy

The U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has generated intense debate for two decades, raising enduring questions about national security, human rights, and justice.

A collage of surveillance photographs shows Guantanamo detainees.

August 31, 2022

Russia
Gorbachev: Conflicted Catalyst of Cold War’s End

Mikhail Gorbachev will be remembered in the West for laying the basis for more constructive relations to ease the end of the Cold War, but vilified in Russia for speeding the Soviet Union’s demise.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, wearing a coat and hat, waves during the May 1 parade in Moscow’s Red Square in 1991.

June 10, 2022

Syria
Bringing Justice Home: Dispatches from the ISIS ‘Beatles’ Trial

ISIS Beatles Trial Shines Light on U.S. Counterterrorism and Hostage Policy

A banner belonging to Islamic State fighters is seen during a battle with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, Syria, on August 16, 2017.

June 2, 2022

Military Operations
How the Army Is Revamping Its Culture in the Wake of Tragedy

A series of troubling incidents within the U.S. Army—including the killing of Specialist Vanessa Guillén in 2020—has prompted the military service to push for major changes to its culture. 

People pay respects at a mural of Vanessa Guillen.

January 19, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Biden’s Middle East Strategy Is Ruthless Pragmatism

There’s a single thread connecting the White House approach to the region, from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud deliver remarks to reporters before meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021

December 14, 2021

Russia
Defusing the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

What to do to deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine—and what to do if deterrence fails.

A grenade launcher operator of the Russian armed forces participates in combat drills at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region, Russia

November 26, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Erdogan Has Never Been in This Much Trouble

Surrounded by rivals amid a collapsing economy, the Turkish president is facing the longest odds of his life. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a lectern. There are Turkish and AKP flags behind him.

November 15, 2021

Human Rights
Democracy Promotion and the Monarchies

Should the United States be promoting democracy and human rights in friendly monarchies? Yes — human rights improvements, not regime change, should be the goal, working especially in areas where prog…